John Henry Brown, the rabidly proslavery spokesman from Galveston, issued a public letter claiming that [Lorenzo] Sherwood had called slavery “a moral evil, a fleeting and temporary institution destined to gradually give way to some other institution.” Resolutions of censure were introduced in the house, but some felt that verbal condemnation was hardly enough. The Dallas Herald commented, “A man, a Texan, a southerner who could get up in the legislature of a southern State, of the most southern State, and deliberately outrage the feelings of the whole people without distinction of party, on a question so directly affecting their most vital interests, by uttering sentiments  that strike at the foundation of their social and political rights, possesses a heart too callous to be reached by votes of ensure.” Eighty or ninety pairs of boots should have kicked him out of the state capital, the Herald said.
Randolph B. Campbell, An Empire for Slavery: The Peculiar Institution in Texas, 1821-1865. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. 222-223.
- Fornell, Galveston Era, 165-74; Dallas Herald, December 8, 1855.↩